Sabrage is the art of opening bottles of champagne with a sabre.
That’s right, an actual sword.
The story goes that this technique was developed by Napoleon’s Hussars (light cavalry), who were given bottles of champagne as they traveled through the region of Champagne after a victory. Since they were on horseback, removing the cork from the bottle conventionally proved troublesome. Popping off the top of the bottle with a cavalry sabre was much easier.
Want to see how it’s done? In this video, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan uses a knife-like instrument.
And in this video, Captain Rupert Campbell-Jones uses a ceremonial sword.
This is one of those activities that definitely falls in the don’t-try-this-at-home category, but you can hire professionals for you next party or gathering 🙂
3 thoughts on “Friday Favorite: Sabrage”
Can I try that with a letter opener? LOL! Definitely not one to try at home!! Reblogged to Rakes and Rascals.
Glad you enjoyed it, Carol–thanks for the reblog!
Reblogged this on Rakes And Rascals and commented:
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!